The area of research I am developing over the next few years concerns the broad relationships between digital technologies and the production of space; what might be termed the geographies of code. Mapping provides a critical interpretative lens through which I will work. I see three inter-linked, strands to this.
Mapping "software spaces and software in space"
Critically exploring the socio-spatial implications of pervasive computing and software embedding in cities through the concept of code/space. The goal is to expose the extent of the power of software in the automatic production of urban space, the regulation of social lives and emerging risks through complex human-code dependencies. The end goal is to try to develop a novel theoretical framework for the technological production of space that is empirically grounded, non-deterministic and open to performative views of everyday spatial practices.
Mapping "surveillance and securitisation"
Critically examining the urban assemblages of tagging and tracking surveillance technologies that are producing new, casual regimes of positional knowledge about people, objects, information and transactions. I want to understand the technical potentials, the social meanings and the political discourses that drive the deployment of new layers of geo-surveillance. An important element in this will be consideration of new modes of software-enabled identification and ‘sorting’ of people and places. As well as thinking about the political implications, in terms of privacy, exclusion and discrimination, of new means of ‘data mining’ and visualising the increasingly detailed spatial ‘pheromone trails’ of (near) whole populations.
Mapping the "personal data shadow"
At the individual level, I want to consider the spatial patterning of the ‘data shadows’ that envelop us from our consumption activities and daily mobilities.